Directions (1-10): In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.
The dwarf ___(1)___ Ceres, an enigmatic rocky body inhabiting the main asteroid belt ___(2)___ Mars and Jupiter, ___(3)___ rich with ice just beneath its dark surface, scientists said in research that may ___(4)___ light on the early history of the solar system.
The discovery, reported in a pair of studies published in the ___(5)___ Science and Nature Astronomy, could bolster fledgling commercial ___(6)___ to mine asteroids for water and other ___(7)___ for robotic and eventual human expeditions beyond the moon.
Nasa’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting Ceres, the largest of thousands of rocky bodies located in the main asteroid belt, ___(9)___ March 2015 following 14-month study of Vesta, the second-largest object in the asteroid ___(9)___.
The studies ___(10)___ that Ceres is about 10% water, now frozen into ice, according to physicist Thomas Prettyman of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, one of the researchers.
Q1. (a) satellite (b) body (c) asteroid (d) planet (e) star
Q2. (a) over (b) orbiting (c) among (d) on (e) between
Q3. (a) is (b) are (c) having (d) has been (e) was
Q4. (a) reflect ( b) focus (c) highlight (d) shed (e) transfer
Q5. (a) journals (b) newspaper (c) novel (d) book (e) blog
Q6. (a) opts (b) resolves (c) endeavors (d) plans (e) seeks
Q7. (a) minerals (b) necessities (c) resources (d) materials (e) metals
Q8. (a) from (b) on (c) since (d) for (e) over
Q9. (a) mass (b) belt (c) surface (d) body (e) group
Q10. (a) indicate (b) highlights (c) define (d) estimate (e) show
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